It wasn’t land explorers who created our best land maps. It was sailors. And the sailors are not alone in exploring the opposite.
Buddhist monks understand happiness by studying suffering.
Doctors tell us about good health by learning about all manners of disease.
Neuroscience tells us about good health by studying patients who suffer from mental disorders.
Psychologists tell us how our mind works by looking at cognitive biases – by exploring the systematic errors of our minds.
The Stoics have taught us how we are unable to appreciate pleasure until we have pushed ourselves to the boundaries of abstinence.
To study something difficult and the elusive, try and explore its opposite.
A mind not agitated by good questions cannot appreciate the significance of even the best answers. – Mortimer Adler